where to start?!?!?!?
My D is a freshman (2023) in HS and has no clue about what she really wants in regards to college. She thinks pre med something but not really committed to any one future career. She attends a private HS in Northeast Ohio that has a lot of college support but I am unsure where to start with regards to even begin to develop an accurate list of colleges she is interested in. She is a soccer player and would like to play in college and has been getting a lot of generic emails and camp invites but she is all over with where she wants to go - right now first choice is Loyola Chicago (basically because she likes the city) and anything in southern California (we were there for soccer in early summer so again location) and she loves the pacific northwest - but we are in OHIO! She likes urban but loves the idealic look of new england universities. I asked her to put together a list of schools she is interested in and she came up with Loyola, Xavier, Occidental, Fordham, Drexel, DePaul, Dartmouth, William and Mary, Swarthmore, Pomona, Stony Brook, Ohio Weslyan, Temple, Kenyon, Hiram, Gonzaga, UC Berkley (and she added the OH schools because I requested that she have some instate options listed) This list seems all over the place and pretty far reaching (again we are in OHIO and I am a single mom who is a public school teacher!) and I don't even know where to start - I would love some advice on how to develop a sensible list and would like to plan a spring visit so she can get on a campus but do i just pick a location with a few schools or just select one that is at the top of her "list"?34 replies